South Bradenton, FL, is a city in Manatee County that’s facing an STD outbreak.
Infectious syphilis diagnoses are rising fast with six new cases in 2014 and 67 in 2018. Early syphilis infections are increasing, with 25 in 2014, and 140 in 2018. The county also reported two instances of congenital syphilis in 2018.
Another concern is chlamydia. In 2014, there were 1,443 new infections, and in 2018, they had 1,594.
Gonorrhea cases are growing as well with 458 in 2014 jumping to 32 in 2018.
In 2015, the county reported 57 new HIV diagnoses, and three years later in 2018, it had 45.
County health officials are hoping to lower the STD rate by urging all sexually active individuals to seek regular screenings with their physician or at a clinic.
There are several health centers in South Bradenton and the surrounding areas that provide STD testing and related services, such as treatment and follow-up care.
The Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida is one option. They’re at the Manatee Health Center on 53rd Ave E in Bradenton.
Another choice is the Complete Care Group Incorporated on the corner of Manatee Ave W and 33rd St W.
The Florida Department of Health in Manatee County offers screenings on 6th Ave E in Bradenton.
Some clinics may offer free STD testing. These locations might be difficult to schedule a convenient appointment at, and they might not provide comprehensive testing. Proof of income and county of residence may also be requested for free services.